French tourist killer accused escapes from Mauritanian court toilet
One of the men charged with killing four French adventure tourists in Mauritania last December escaped from a court toilet in Nouakchott.
NOUAKCHOTT, April 3, 2008 - One of the men charged with killing four
French adventure tourists in Mauritania last December escaped from a court
toilet in Nouakchott Wednesday, officials told AFP.
Sidi Ould Sidna used a trip to the washrooms to rid himself of his
handcuffs and evade his police escort before slipping out of the building
unnoticed, the source added.
Police were still looking for the fugitive in the city's streets at 4pm
local time (also 1600 GMT) who had been summoned to court for questioning by
the investigating judge.
Ould Sidna was arrested in Guinea Bissau in January alongside another
suspect, Mohamed Ould Chabarnoux, following a massive manhunt across western
Africa. He was subsequently extradited to Mauritania.
The two are suspected of having links to a group linked to the Al-Qaeda
An Interpol arrest warrant was issued against a third man, Maarouve Mohamed
Habib, who is still on the run.
The trio were charged with belonging to a criminal association with the aim
of killing and using Mauritania's national territory for acts of terrorism
against citizens of a foreign country.
The four French tourists were shot dead near Aleg in southern Mauritania
and another was badly wounded on December 24.